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Man gets probation in standoff

March 18, 1998|By DON AINES

Man gets probation in standoff

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man involved in a standoff with borough police last summer was sentenced Wednesday by Judge John Walker in Franklin County Court to three years probation.

Terry L. Brown, 51, of 439 W. Queen St., pleaded guilty Feb. 4 to recklessly endangering other people and resisting arrest in the July 15, 1997, incident at his home. Charges of unlawful restraint, false imprisonment and simple assault were dropped in exchange for the plea.

All of the charges against Brown were misdemeanors.

The incident for which he was arrested ended late on the morning of July 15, when members of the Chambersburg Police Department's Special Emergency Team fired tear gas into the home.

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Brown had refused commands from police to come out of the house and the criminal complaint said he resisted police during his arrest.

Police records also stated Brown's actions caused a number of people to be evacuated from nearby homes and placed officers in potential danger.

Police first learned of a possible hostage situation at the house at about 7 a.m. About an hour later, with police surrounding the house, Brown's estranged wife, Barbara Ellen Brown, came outside with a rifle she had taken from her husband when he fell asleep.

In addition to probation, Walker ordered Brown to pay $300 in fines.

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